Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – June 11, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Romney set to host GOP presidential hopefuls in Park City. Half of Utahns still think invading Iraq in 2003 was a good idea. The Salt Lake City Council approves putting more police on the streets.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 61
  • Days to the 2015 election – 145
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 222
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 229
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 230
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 384
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 517

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mitt Romney is set to host some 2016 GOP presidential contenders at his annual Park City Summit [The Hill, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. New Hampshire Republicans are rebelling against Fox News' criteria for deciding which candidates get on the stage for the first primary debate in August [Politico].
  3. Half of Utahns still support the 2003 invasion of Iraq even though the justification for military action was based on faulty intelligence [Utah Policy].
  4. The U.S. Senate confirms John Huber as the new U.S. Attorney for Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The Salt Lake City Council approves extra funding to put more police officers on the street [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. Outdoor adventure companies that hold federal permits are worried they may be mandated to raise salaries under an Obama administration executive order [Tribune, ABC 4].
  7. Journalists are trying to shake loose the details of the deal between Utah State University and Maverik over naming rights to the school's football stadium [Tribune].
  8. Tuesday's raids that shut down massage parlors may be the biggest anti-human trafficking operation in Utah's history [Fox 13].
  9. Google Fiber begins construction in Salt Lake City [Fox 13, ABC 4, KUER].
  10. Salt Lake City is looking to crack down on price gouging by taxis at Salt Lake International Airport [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman were appointed by the Continental Congress to write a declaration of independence for the American colonies from England.
  • 1963 – Facing federalized Alabama National Guard troops, Gov. George Wallace ended his blockade of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and allowed two African-Americans to enroll.
  • 1987 – Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win three consecutive terms.
  • 1990 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-flag-burning law passed by Congress the year before.
  • 1994 – After 49 years, the Russian military occupation of what had been East Germany ended with the departure of the Red Army from Berlin.